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Ensemble Cast


By John Feehery

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It has now become obligatory for the Republican primary field look more like a Hollywood ensemble cast.

This is the second election in a row that follows that script.   This year’s version is new and improved.

It’s important to have a woman of course. Carly Fiorina replaces Michelle Bachmann in that role, an improvement in my estimation. (more…)

Scandals Alone Won’t Stop Clinton


By John Feehery


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(This originally appeared in The Hill)

There’s no way that draft-dodger is going to beat the president.”

I made that bold prediction at a rehearsal dinner a few months before the 1992 election, and I was convinced that the scandals that had plagued Bill Clinton would disqualify him in the eyes of the American people.

Others took a different view. The economy had lackluster growth, President George H.W. Bush seemed disinterested in a domestic agenda and Clinton seemed young and energetic. (more…)

Why Kasich Should Run


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in The Hill)

Is an already crowded field for the presidency in 2016 a barrier to entry for Ohio Gov. John Kasich?

I don’t think so. In fact, it could help Kasich by lowering the amount of money necessary to compete.

Right now, the GOP field is divided into two camps: Jeb Bush and everybody else. Nobody in the current field can compete with the Bush financial and organizational network; these candidates can only hope to be the alternative should the former Florida governor falter.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is the latest flavor of the month, and he sits atop the “everybody else” primary. But primary voters are a fickle lot, and they blow with the latest earned media. (more…)

Slowing Down Hillary’s Quest for the White House


By John Feehery

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The New York Times doesn’t much care for Hillary Clinton, and I can’t say I blame them too much.

Her record as Secretary of State is turning out to be one big scandal. She has an avowed hatred for the press and a special dislike for the characters who work at the Old Gray Lady. She is mean to people she doesn’t like and paranoid about people she doesn’t know. And she attracts scandals like bees attract honey.

Sadly, for me and the New York Times, there is no evidence any of this will slow her down in her quest for the White House. (more…)

The Residence and Its Lessons


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in The Hill)

They were about the most paranoid people I’d ever seen in my life.”

That’s how Skip Allen, who served in the White House Usher’s Office, described Bill and Hillary Clinton in Kate Andersen Brower’s fascinating new book about life in America’s most famous house, called The Residence.

Andersen Brower describes the back stories behind the Clintons’ domestic disputes, Hillary Clinton’s foul language, an incident in which the first lady angrily threw a lamp at the president, and the drama that suffused the White House during those long eight years. (more…)


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